|infectious disease vs. hiv specialist ??
Jul 3, 2000
whats the difference ?? are they basically the same thing ?? If they are different, what diseases do id's check for ??
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
This is a hotly debated issue. Here goes. ID docs are usually board certified in internal medicine and in the sub-specialty of infectious diseases. They see a variety of infectious diseases like diabetic infections, surgical infections, malaria, TB, etc, which may not be HIV related. Not all infectious disease doctors see and take care of HIV patients. HIV specialists can be from a number of specialties depending on how they got into taking care of HIV patients. Many nationally known HIV specialists are general internists, oncologists or family practitioners.
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